Cézanne and Pissarro 1865-1885

Camille PissarroPortrait of the Artist© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Towards the end of his life, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) wrote: "Cézanne [...] was influenced by me in Pontoise, and I by him. [...] By Jove, we were inseparable! But what is certain is that each of us retained the only thing that matters, "his sense of feeling"... this is easy enough to demonstrate..." (letter to his son Lucien, November 22, 1895).

The exhibition in hand is a realisation of this statement. It aims to examine, in terms of their art, the relationship between Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and Pissarro over twenty years of mutual influence and friendship, from the beginning of their careers up to the mid-1880s.

Portraits, still-lives and landscapes by both artists are brought together to demonstrate the similarity of their vision in 1875. Later, Cézanne reinterpreted some of Pissarro's earlier compositions and took up some of his elder's previously adopted view points. The hanging of their works together highlights the "kinship" in their approach to subjects, which was highly significant in perpetuating the enduring links that united the two artists.


Joachim Pissarro, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Jean-Patrice Marandel, Chief Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sylvie Patin, Chief Curator, Musée d'Orsay

Exhibition organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Réunion des musées nationaux in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Exhibition also shown at
New York, Museum of Modern Art, from June 24 to September 12, 2005
Los Angeles, County Museum, from October 20, 2005 to January 16, 2006

This exhibition is supported by the group ABN-AMRO and its subsidiary companies the Banque de Neuflize and the Banque OBC.


Exhibition catalogue
Cézanne And Pissarro (1865-1885): Pioneering the Future
Réunion des musées nationaux

28 February - 28 May 2006
Musée d'Orsay

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